Spafford has been steadily rising the ranks of the jam band scene this year, extensively touring as support for Umphrey’s McGee and wrapping up their own headlining tour recently before a summer chock full of festival dates. On Friday and Saturday, the Arizona-based band headed back to Phoenix, playing two sold-out shows at Last Exit Live, and it’s safe to say the boys felt good being home. After two magical jammed-out performances across the two nights, the group had something special in store for their hometown fans, with a massive encore on Saturday night that included the debut of a new cover, Radiohead’s “Everything In Its Right Place” off the band’s 2000 release Kid A.You can watch full streams from Spafford’s sold-out hometown throw down that spanned the last two nights below, along with setlists from each night.4/21/2017Setlist: Spafford | Last Exit Live | Phoenix, AZ | 04/21/17 Set One: All My Friends > Bee Jam > Midnight Rider* > Leave the Light On, Sweet^, Virtual Bean Dip > Todd’s TotsSet Two: Red’s Jam > Weasel > Palisades > Weasel, Crazy, It’s a Bunch, Catfish John%, WallsEncore: PlansNotes: *The Allman Bros Band / ^Gary Ukura / %Johnny Russell4/22/2017Setlist: Spafford | Last Exit Live | Phoenix, AZ | 04/22/17 I: The Postman, Mind’s Unchained, All In > Salamander Song, Into the Mystic*, Spell Yourself^II: Simon & Lilly, Electric Taco Stand, Ain’t That Wrong, Shake You Loose, Backdoor Funk > Slip & SquanderEncore: The Man%, Everything in its Right Place& > All OutNotes: * Van Morrison / ^ Don Cheek / % Brian Solo / & Radiohead – First Time Played
There is one way for this tour to be a reality– our sponsors! Sending a thank you shout out to all of our awesome sponsors that make this tour happen: Sea to Summit, Mountain House, Lowe Alpine, Leki, Big Agnes, Stio, Roofnest, and Franklin County, VA. Oconee County has a lot planned for its Mountain Bike trails. We played around on the four miles they have built in Phase I. We look forward to the next phases because what we rode was flowy, exciting, and a joy to explore. Sleep Hiking We had the pleasure of staying at the Lofts on Main ($125/night) in Walhalla while we were exploring Oconee County. We were impressed with the history of the space. Structural components, decorations, and fixtures all had history and purpose. The lights were rescued from an old building down the road, and the brick was original to the building. With all the charm and depth, it felt like coming home to an old friend. It was the perfect place to relax after a long day adventuring. And as an added bonus, there is a gear shop and brewpub right below the lofts! More on that later. We did it! We finally did it. We got to go fly fishing. We have been looking forward to trying out this sport for so long, and it didn’t disappoint. We spent the morning with the Chattooga River Fly Shop on the Chauga River. Karl and Karen treated us like old friends. Karl was knowledgable, excited to teach, and taught these fishing newbies the basics. We had a great time on the river and we would highly recommend giving them a call. There are plenty of spots to fish around the area and if you have the equipment, you could fish at a different spot every day you visit! Play For all the waterfall lovers out there, have we got the place for you! We started with Yellow Branch Falls, a 1.7 mile (one way) hike to an impressive waterfall at the end. You wind through dense forest with peeks at old growth trees crossing multiple streams along the way. We also explored Issaqueena Falls, and found many more hidden falls along the edges of Lake Jocassee on a boat ride. For a full list of waterfalls to find the perfect morning excursion or day trip, check out this list by Visit Oconee South Carolina. We found some great options for drinks. Right below the Lofts on Main was West and Co., a brewpub with craft beers on tap, and plenty of wines to choose from. Partners in Wine has a bunch of events throughout the month, and some great wine to choose from. Did we mention we like wine? For a more rustic approach for a basecamp while exploring Oconee County, there are campsites dotted around offering the perfect jumping off points for adventure. We spent a night at the campground in Devils Fork State Park ($23-$42/site/night) on the beautiful Lake Jocassee. There are also boat-in campsites ($25-$85/site/night) that double the privacy and ensure a lake view all to yourself. Be sure to read up on what to bring and regulations. We had to skip out on this one because dogs aren’t allowed. For more traditional camping, check out Oconee State Park, or Mountain Rest Cabins & Campgrounds. Mountain Biking We enjoyed exploring this corner of South Carolina. Send us more suggestions for when we’re back, or questions so we can steer you in the right direction! Thank you to Ken at Visit Oconee South Carolina for showing us around. There is so much more to see here. One of our favorite things to learn about and see was the Stumphouse tunnel in Stumphouse Park. It was going to be a railroad tunnel passage before the Civil War but ran into funding issues after the war. Now, it’s a super cool (pun intended- the tunnel stays at a cool 50 degrees all year long) and interactive look into the past. Dare to travel in without a flashlight and transport back in time to all the manpower that went into such a structure. One of our favorite fun facts about this location was that the temperature and humidity level was perfect for growing blue cheese. Clemson has since relocated the cheese production, but we wish it was still there to enjoy. Eat You can get even closer to the river by jumping on a boat and rafting down the Chattooga. We have hung out with Wildwater White Water Rafting & Zipline Canopy Tours for a few years, and we’re still impressed. The trip down the Chattooga was exciting, safe, and scenic. Our guide Will was super entertaining. If white water isn’t your thing, head over to the zip lines and see the river from a different perspective. If you really want to see the beauty this county has to offer, then the Foothills trail is your best bet. It’s 80 miles one way and runs through four distinct boundary areas (national forest, wild and scenic river, wilderness, and state park). That means you will get a great variety of views and scenery. There is plenty of camping along the way. Family Friendly We spent a lot of time on Lake Jocassee. We were impressed with its beauty and clear waters. Boating around is a great way to see the lake. You can also take the man power approach and rent kayaks or SUPs. To get even more up close and personal, you can scuba dive down 300 feet and explore ruins left over from when the area was flooded to create the lake. Rafting Who knew the northern tip of South Carolina could offer so much in the way of adventure? There are waterfall hikes, history to discover, mountain bike trails, and fishing galore. Missing something for your trip? Don’t worry, there’s a gear shop right in town. Stop by Twenty8 West to keep the adventures coming. There’s a range of food to explore here, from authentic Mexican to Japanese/American fusion. To try out the latter, head to Sole in Seneca. Show up on Wednesday for some BOGO sushi and try a craft cocktail while you’re at it. We also ate at 3 Amigos Mexican Grill right down the street from where we stayed. Pro tip- get the guacamole. For a faster stop, try King Taco, the food truck that hangs out in Walhalla. Carolina Pizza Co is a great option for before or after adventure fuel. Classis salads and slices at the joint on the main street. Another pizza option is Humble Pie tucked in the Chattooga River Resort & Campground. For a more traditional stay, the Rodeway Inn & Suites ($88/night) is on the edge of Walhalla and has all the expected amenities. There are also plenty of options in Seneca as well, a short drive away. AirBnB is alive and well in Oconee County and has copious options ranging from one room suites to full lake view properties on any of the three lakes, even a treehouse on Lake Jocassee. Lake Jocassee is a hidden gem on the northern border of Oconee County. It’s at the confluence of four rivers and stays cool and clear the entire year round. Oconee County, tucked in the most northwest corner of South Carolina, is bordered by three lakes. From the Cherokee word “Ae-quo-nee” meaning “land beside the water,” Oconee County lives up to its name with waterfalls, lakes, and streams a-plenty. We saw more wildlife here in a few days then we have during the rest of our time on the East Coast. Check out below our suggestions of how to enjoy this part of the country to the fullest. Fishing
NKT ‘s new cable laying vessel – NKT Victoria – has won the Ship of the Year 2017 prize at the Nor-Shipping exhibition in Lillestrøm, Norway.On Tuesday, 30 May, Norway’s Labour and Social minister Anniken Haugli presented the award, in the presence of HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, to the vessel’s owner, the President and CEO of NKT Michael Lyng, the shipbuilder Kleven’s CEO Ståle Rasmussen, the design company Salt Ship Design’s CEO Arne Stenersen, and to the captain of the vessel, Svein Ole Sæter.“I am proud that NKT Victoria is awarded the Ship of the Year Prize. NKT Victoria is one-of-a-kind not only within this particular area of the shipping industry but also in the cable industry. With this vessel, we are now able to offer our customers complete cable solutions, from design and manufacture to installation and service – as one of a very few cable providers in the world,” said Michael Lyng, President and CEO of NKT.NKT Victoria was named in a ceremony held at NKT’s power cable plant in Karlskrona, Sweden, in early May.The vessel was part of NKT’s recently completed acquisition of ABB’s high voltage cable business.NKT Victoria is currently in Scotland where she is working on her first project ever – the installation of two subsea power cables connecting Caithness and Moray.
Ritchy Desir pointed toward the Clemson end zone. He knew his feet were in bounds.“I mean, you know, what the defense say, you know,” Desir said, “‘See ball, get ball.’ I seen the ball, I went and go get it.”Desir’s interception gave life to Syracuse and brought the best Carrier Dome crowd that Floyd Little can remember since the Dick MacPherson era to its feet. It gave the Orange the ball at the Clemson 46-yard line, down by 21 with 8:52 to play in the third.The possibility of a comeback bubbled.But then it fizzled.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse failed to capitalize in the third quarter and the stunning upset that seemed slightly feasible quickly faded toward impossible once more. The Orange (2-3, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) crumbled at the end of the third quarter after clicking at its start, falling 49-14 to No. 3 Clemson (5-0, 3-0) in front of 48,961 at the Carrier Dome in its first-ever ACC game.“We definitely knew that we could have came back and been right there,” Syracuse running back Prince-Tyson Gulley said. “The game should have been at least 35-28 and it should have been a fight to the very end.”But it wasn’t.After Desir’s potentially pivotal interception, SU stormed down the field. Two runs, two first downs. Fans erupted as Jerome Smith picked up 11 on a bounce to the outside.Then Syracuse collapsed. Gulley lost three on a disjointed play. Clemson’s Vic Beasley sacked Terrel Hunt for a loss of seven.Ryan Norton, the injured Ross Krautman’s backup, trotted onto the field. He shanked a kick wide left as Syracuse came up empty-handed. Three points evaporated.On the next drive, Marquis Spruill bulldozed up the middle and drilled Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd into the ground. Clemson went three-and-out, and Syracuse had life once more.After a sneaky direct snap on fourth-and-9 from deep in its own territory sent Syracuse into the red zone and resuscitated the Orange, a close game seemed attainable.But once again, the offense failed to knife into the 21-point hole. After a holding call pushed SU back 10 yards, Syracuse faced a fourth-and-4.Hunt undershot Christopher Clark on a throw that wouldn’t have even been enough for a first down, had it been caught.“We’ve got to know the situation,” Syracuse wide receivers coach Rob Moore said. “ … That’s a mistake we shouldn’t make.”When Hunt needed to throw the ball, he had no one to throw it to. Ashton Broyld was the only Syracuse receiver to catch a ball for positive yards in the first three quarters.In the first half, SU’s offense ran east to west — not north to south. Clemson’s offense was simply dominant.The Orange couldn’t muster any offense in the first 30 minutes except for a 66-yard touchdown run by Smith. In the third quarter, though, that all started to change. Syracuse held possession for 10 minutes and 45 seconds in the third quarter, but had nothing to show for it.And after Hunt’s incompletion to Clark, Boyd officially put the game out of reach.He lofted a booming pass directly into the mitts of the Road Runner-quick Sammy Watkins. Boyd unleashed the ball effortlessly and Watkins blazed by Ri’Shard Anderson, reeled it in and took it to the house for the second-longest touchdown from scrimmage in Clemson history.The touchdown showed why scouts from six NFL teams were in attendance. It effectively killed the Orange’s momentum.The Orange failed to unwrap the gifts from Clemson. What looked like the makings of a relatively close final score turned into anything but for SU.“We tried to pull everything out to try to make it respectable,” Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer said, “and came up short.”That was the theme of the afternoon. The Syracuse offense came up short in the first half when it totaled four first downs to Clemson’s 20. It came up short in a nightmarish end of the second quarter when Riley Dixon punted three times and Hunt threw an interception. And it came up shortest of all in the third quarter when it couldn’t capitalize on Clemson’s surprising miscues. And from there the offense didn’t matter. Drew Allen came in for the final nine-plus minutes of the fourth quarter to take out the garbage. When asked if he took any positives away from the loss, Gulley put his hands on his hips and sighed.“Umm… we’re all alive.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 5, 2013 at 10:54 pm Contact Trevor: [email protected] | @TrevorHass